Russian company test flies heavyweight cargo drone
RUSSIAN technology company ARDN is developing a new drone capable of carrying a payload of up to 250 kilogrammes or 50 kilogrammes over 350 kilometres.
ARDN's SKYF aircraft has been under development since 2014, with the first full-size prototype flights taking place last year.
ARDN claims its SKYF unmanned vertical take-off and landing drone has been with potential users, which could include logistics operators, postal authorities, the oil and gas industry, aid deliveries and crop dusting.
The company said it has achieved a breakthrough in drone design by separating the lifting and steering functions. reports London's Air Cargo News.
This allowing it to use its gasoline powered rotors directly rather than resort to expensive electric circuitry as used in hybrid designs.
The flight control system also differs considerably from those used in existing quadcopters and other multirotor craft. With its 5.2 x 2.2 metre size, two of the machines can travel in a single standard 20-foot TEU, and the craft can be ready to fly within 10 minutes of unloading.